Triglav National Park is the only national park in Slovenia. It was established in its modern form in 1981 and is located in the northwestern part of the country, respectively the southeastern part of theAlpine massif. Mount Triglav, the highest peak of the Julian Alps, stands almost in the middle of the national park. From it the valleys spread out radially, supplying water to two large river systems with their sources in the Julian Alps: the Soča and the Sava, flowing to the Adriatic and Black Sea, respectively.
Triglav National Park is centrally located in Europe and there are plenty of options to get there. The easiest way is to use a car. You will be able to rent one in all major cities and airports. The closest major city is the capital of Slovenia - Ljubljana. The drive from here is less than 1 hour and you can therefore even do day trips to the national park from the city.
Other close cities include Zagreb in Croatia. The drive from here is approximately 2 - 3 hours depending on traffic.
When to visit
There is something to do in all the seasons in Triglav National Park. Hiking and climbing is available throughout spring, summer and autumn. You can go skiing in winter in the Vogel Ski Resort.
Map of Triglav National Park
Image gallery of Triglav National Park
Visitor/Information centres in Triglav National Park
Most national parks have an associated visitor centre to help visitors. They are usually open most of the year but some close in the off-season. You will often be able to find information on all the activities in the national park. A visit to the visitor centre is often recommended before venturing into the park.
Mountains in Triglav National Park
This section will list some of the famous peaks in the national park. Be sure to do proper research before venturing on to the high peaks.
Wildlife in Triglav National Park
These sections shows you some of the characteristic wildlife to the national park.
Mushroom hunting in Triglav National Park
There are strict rules deciding where you can forage for mushrooms. It is only permitted in the peripheral zone of the Park (third protective regime). This means that mushroom foraging and herb picking are banned in the first and second protective regime areas.
Furthermore, there is a limit to the mushrooms you can forage in the designated areas. You can only pick 2 kg of mushrooms per person per day.
Camping rules in Triglav National Park
Wild camping is generally not allowed in Slovenia. It is also not allowed by law to stay overnight on private property. However, there are plenty of camping sites inside the national park and you should stay at these.
Bears in Triglav National Park
Few bears in the park
This national park has bears and you need to take the necessary precautions. It is however unlikely that you will come across a bear.